Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Adventuress Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes

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In the last post I just discussed the (YouVee’s) High Performance Sunscreen Swipes (http://bit.ly/1cegVXo), which I found was a great way to take sunscreen application to the next level. A couple other items I have reviewed from the Adventuress line are: the Wildly Protective EnviroBalm (http://bit.ly/12FLWA3) and the Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier (http://bit.ly/1330Gnz). What I loved about the latter product is that I swear it helped to get rid of my blackheads!

 

Another great product from Adventuress is Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes, which are biodegradable, alcohol-free, facial wipes. These cleanse your face and act as an environmental shield to protect skin from irritation, rash and redness. They have Vitamin B3, witch hazel, aloe Vera, chamomile, rosemary and licorice root and glycerin as some of the ingredients. They are so gentle that even those with very sensitive skin can use them.

I loved how wet they are, which helped cleanse my skin (not so much eye makeup), and it did refresh my face. These would be great for traveling, camping, etc. Since Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes are touted as being extremely soothing to the skin, I tried one as a neutralizing skin soother after one of my peels! I thought that would test it. As it turns out, it did soothe my skin very well. I am quite surprised. Usually these kinds of wipes are irritating to the skin but this one is good. I wouldn’t use it on a baby but if you need something to help quench the burning and itching on your face, this will do the trick!

Features of the Fearlessly Refreshing Facial Wipes:
- Seven plant extracts protect against Rosacea, rash and itchiness
- Reduces melanin (age spot) production, prevents pigmentation
- Anti-inflammatory, Soothing and hydrating
- Disposable, individually packaged, biodegradable towelettes
- Fragrance and alcohol free

There are 24 to a box for $22.00. Available at www.goadventuress.com; Like Adventuress on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoAdventuress; Follow Adventuress on Twitter: @goAdventuress; Subscribe to their YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/goAdventuress.

(This product provided for consideration)

 

Review: Adventuress (YouVee’s) High Performance Sunscreen Swipes

 

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I have reviewed a couple of the Adventuress products, the Wildly Protective EnviroBalm (http://bit.ly/12FLWA3) and the Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier (http://bit.ly/1330Gnz). I loved the latter product a lot because I swear it helped to get rid of my blackheads. The (YouVees’s) High Performance Sunscreen Swipes are also really nice because it takes sunscreen application to a new level that has not been seen before!

No more greasy hands for fingers! Just the exact dose of sunscreen you need for face and neck packed into a sealed, finger pocket that can be reapplied during any activity. This is another great product from Adventuress. I like the sunscreen and the “swipe” idea is great. I had no trouble applying it to my face or neck. Just open it up and apply! This is a great new way to have sunscreen where ever you need it and is great for camping, sports and other activities where you need sunscreen conveniently packaged.

(YouVees’s) High Performance Sunscreen Swipes contain an UVA/UVB Water Resistant SPF 30 Sunscreen made with Titanium Dioxide Micronized 4% and Octinoxate 3%. It also has Aloe Vera to soothe the skin. While Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E all act as anti-oxidants to protect against free radical damage. Because the Titanium Dioxide is micronized there is no white film left on the face and it sinks right in. No mask-like effect!

Features of the (YouVee’s) Swipes: 
- ingenious sealed finger pocket for clean application; no more greasy hands or fingers
- Exact dosage,  on-the-go convenience
- UVA/UVB protection
- All skin types, including sensitive or Rosacea-prone skin
- Fragrance, oxybenzone and paraben free

Comes in a box of 24 for $24.00. Available at www.goadventuress.com; Like Adventuress on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoAdventuress; Follow Adventuress on Twitter: @goAdventuress; Subscribe to their YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/goAdventuress.

(This item was provided for consideration)

 

SEPHORA's Beauty Insider® Proves Beauty Addiction Has Its Privileges

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More Beauty Rewards, More Extraordinary Experiences, and a Brand New Top-Tier Level

SEPHORA BEAUTY INSIDER, the best and most expansive beauty loyalty rewards program, is now better than ever with more of everything you love: more beauty rewards, more first pass access and more exclusive experiences. Now is the time to join, check in or upgrade your BEAUTY INSIDER status with the program relaunch on August 12 th.

The revamped BEAUTY INSIDER program features the following exciting program benefits:

  • PREMIUM NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVEL - SEPHORA has added a new rewards level, VIB ROUGE® , for the most fervent product junkies. The ultimate in bragging rights, this level is reserved for those who spend $1,000+ in a calendar year and offers unparalleled insider access to one-of-a-kind experiences and rewards. The chic red VIB ROUGE card opens the door to private, limited-list events with brand founders and celebrities, advance access to new products, unlimited complimentary services at the SEPHORA Beauty Studio and your own beauty concierge hotline. For more information, visit: Sephora.com/Rouge.
  • ULTIMATE DIGITAL BEAUTY HEADQUARTERS - View the latest rewards and exclusive offers, check point balances and get access to members-only products and events at the new BEAUTY INSIDER digital hub, Sephora.com/BeautyInsider. Plus, keep track of past purchases and products you love, with the digital makeup bag, My Beauty Bag.
  • REVAMPED REWARDS FOR ALL TIERS - BEAUTY INSIDER tiers and benefits have gotten a makeover. The program now features new ways to use your points, members-only beauty classes, first access to the most coveted new products in beauty and more, plus all the benefits members currently love - like the free birthday gift!

"We are excited to announce the relaunch of Sephora's loyalty rewards program, BEAUTY INSIDER," said Sephora Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Julie Bornstein. "The program's revamp gives clients more of everything they love: deluxe samples, first-to-buy access and intimate experiences with top beauty influencers."

What's even more beautiful? SEPHORA celebrates YOU from August 12-18 th with double point purchases for BEAUTY INSIDERS, triple point purchases for VIBs and quadruple point purchases for VIB ROUGE members!* Transfer your newly acquired points to friends and family for access to rewards that money alone can't buy, like a chance to score a special 5K or 10K once in a lifetime reward, such as a trip for two to Paris with Make Up For Ever or the Marc Jacobs Beauty Collection tucked into a Marc Jacobs handbag.

Visit Sephora.com/CelebrateBI for more information.

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Becoming a BEAUTY INSIDER is free and open to everyone, and members start earning one point for every dollar they spend immediately. Benefits include year round complimentary birthday gifts and deluxe-size samples. The more you buy, the more you're rewarded - it's that simple!  Those who satisfy their beauty cravings often, spending $350 or more in one calendar year, will achieve VIB status (Very Important Beauty Insider), SEPHORA's second BEAUTY INSIDER rewards tier. VIB perks include first access to new products, exclusive offers and invitations to private beauty events.

Tap into your BEAUTY INSIDER benefits and membership card instantly online and in-store. Never be more than one click away from getting rewarded for discovering the best of the best in beauty, exclusively at SEPHORA.   For more information on SEPHORA's BEAUTY INSIDER program, visit www.sephora.com/beautyInsider.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SESHA Skin Envy

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Calling all Instagram fans! Who gives you skin envy? SESHA Skin Therapy wants to see your photos of women who have flawless complexions. The picture can be of a friend, family member, celebrity or even one of you! By simply following the guidelines below, you will enter to win TWO, full-sized SESHA Clinical products. Joining the SESHA Skin Envy Contest is easy:

  • STEP 1: To enter, follow SESHA on instagram, @SESHASkin .
  • STEP 2: Instagram a picture of a woman who you believe has flawless skin with the hashtag #SESHASkinEnvy and tag @SESHASkin. The best photos win! There will be THREE winners in total.

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Review: Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector

(photo courtesy of www.sephora.com)

Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector

I have finally found the “foundation” that gives me beautiful glowing skin. Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector gives me lovely glowing skin that is even-toned and looks like I am running around with a soft-focus lens pointed straight at my face. It is what every woman wants but it is difficult to achieve without looking oily or downright shiny and greasy.

The word foundation was put in quotes because it’s necessarily considered to be a foundation. Nor is it a tinted moisturizer or nor a BB cream. They call it a EB cream, a cream that makes Everything Better! It gives the skin a natural finish with a light glow to it, all due to special light diffusers that impart a luminosity. And this still makes your skin look like its natural complexion, only better. It is supposed to impart the look of “healthy, glowing skin”.

It comes in 4 shades, I tried the light shade which is okay for me surprisingly enough. The shades range from light to deep, which is nice because even darker women of color can use this. I do think that there should be a lighter shade though. This lightest shade is okay for me for summer. The texture is very lightweight, almost silky. It goes on with a weightless feel. I have been using a brush for application (UD Optical Blurring Brush). The coverage is sheer to medium coverage, and is buildable depending on how much you want. You could use a sponge with this but it would impart more coverage. This is definitely not a foundation for oilier skin types. I would recommend it for normal skins and dry skins. This is because of the light diffusing pigments and how they make the skin look “glowing”. With this product, moisturizer is not needed. I do always recommend sunscreen however and this doesn’t contain any. Always wear sunscreen underneath! If it is too “glowy”, just dust on a little bit of powder and you can still get the glowing skin.

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(above: left a small dollop of the Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector in Light; the same spread out to show how much coverage it has)

 

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(above: I am wearing Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector)

This product is great. It is what I have been looking for! You get dewy, gorgeous skin with great coverage. Edward Bess Ultra Dewy Complexion Perfector comes in a 1.79 fl.oz./53 ml. tube and is available on www.edwardbess.com, www.sephora.com, www.neimanmarcus.com and select SEPHORA stores for $56.00. Like Edward Bess on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edward-Bess/109736812071; Follow him on Twitter: @EdwardBess; subscribe to him on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/edwardbess; Follow his Pinterest boards http://pinterest.com/edwardbess/ and Follow him on Instagram: http://instagram.com/edwardbess#.

 

Review: Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

(photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

Hourglass is known for having some of the best foundations (and cosmetics) on the market. I loved their Veil Fluid Makeup SPF 15 (http://bit.ly/1ck0CXt). I have also been using their Ambient Powders in Mood and Ethereal (will need to review those soon). The Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation does something that no other foundation does (that I have seen at least), it eliminates the need for powder. Seriously! I use it and I really don’t need powder at all. ALL DAY. How awesome is that? I find this amazing! It is truly mattifying!

Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation comes in 16 shades. It is a breakthrough liquid-to-powder foundation that absorbs oil, camouflages imperfections and gives a long-lasting, velvety-matte finish.

This is a high-tech formulation that incorporates kaolin to absorb sebum all through the day, all while keeping the skin’s natural moisture. It has an oil-free, humidity-proof and water-resistant formula that goes from liquid to powder, instantly. The finish never looks dull or flat, just velvety, all while covering imperfections. The superfine treated pigments provide unsurpassed coverage without looking cakey or mask-like and eliminate the need for powder, blotting or constant touch-ups through-out the day. In a consumer study, this foundation was shown to actually improve the appearance of acneic skin.

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  (above: Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Pear, swatch of the foundation spread out, the foundation as it dries on the skin)

One reason I really like this foundation is the shade selection. Pearl, my color is for very fair with neutral undertones. It is almost a perfect match for my skin tone. This shade matches my forearm perfectly, which is a good match for my facial skin tone. With 16 shades to choose from, there is an okay selection (we are not talking Prescriptives selection here), but Hourglass is known for their shades too. Also, I love that this turns to a great matte finish and blends beautifully. I don’t use a brush with this. Lately I have been using the UD Optical Blurring brush but with this I think it needs a sponge because of the way it dries. They do make a foundation brush and it is a personal preference but for me it also depends on how much coverage you want. If you want a heavier look, use a sponge (I use the Beautyblender).

The Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation also has a medium to heavy coverage. It is buildable depending on how much you apply. I have been able to get a very heavy coverage but this is a great example of one of those chameleon foundations that changes shades slightly with heavier coverage too.

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(above: two different days I wore the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation)

Above I am wearing Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. No powder! None was worn all day long. For me in the summer that is first off a miracle and second, it felt great! I adore this. So matte. I am wearing sunscreen underneath too! I think this will work great for acneic skins, oily skins and combination skins. If you have drier skins then you should wear a heavy moisturizer and primer underneath.

Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is $55.00 for 1 fl. oz. /30 ml. and is available on www.hourglasscosmetics.com, www.sephora.com and select SEPHORA stores. Like Hourglass on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hourglass-Cosmetics/271503877335?ref=br_tf and Follow them on Twitter: @HourglassMakeup.

 


Summer Skincare Tips from Jan Marini

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· Sun exposure breaks down the Disulfide bonds in hair, causing color fading (think of that $200 color service), brittleness and breakage.  Plus, remember, your scalp is an extension of the same skin that is on your face.  Cumulative sun exposure, throughout the year, damages and ages the scalp and, as a result, compromises and decreases the factors that promote luxurious, full, healthy hair. 

· Many hair conditioners today, such as leave-on sprays, contain a sun protectant.  And, wear a hat!

Protect Your Lips

· One of the most important things we can do to keep our lips soft, hydrated and supple, as well as preventing skin cancer, is to generously massage sun protectant into the lip area.

· Your lips are one of the most vulnerable and most exposed areas and, often, the most forgotten.

Your Skin Continues to Age in the Summer Months

· There is a widely spread misconception that it is wise to stop using glycolics, retinols, etc., in the summer time.  These powerful, gold standard tools can prevent a significant amount of damage, repair damage that hasn’t yet surfaced, reverse much of the superficial signs of aging and enable your skin to more effectively respond to UV radiation.

· Taking a break, especially during a period of more intense sun exposure, only compounds the aging process and further compromises your skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate.  Remember, your skin ages every day and you need to consistently apply medically and clinically validated topicals that can truly assist in keeping your skin looking healthy, vibrant, refined, hydrated and luminous.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Vine Vera Merlot Collection

 

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People have been looking for The Fountain of Youth for centuries. There have been numerous ingredients by various skincare companies that claim to turn back the clock on your skin. The Vine Vera Merlot Collection is a luxurious skincare collection designed around Reservatrol as the main ingredient. Vine Vera has found the well kept anti-aging secret, Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, from grapes. The use of Resveratrol is believed to help slow the aging process and retain a timeless youthful appearance. Vine Vera has formulated Resveratrol alongside other extraordinary anti-aging ingredients (such as shea butter and sunflower seed oil) into miracle formulas for all types of skin. They are committed to rejuvenating your skin so that you may achieve the lifelong younger looking skin you’ve always wanted. Dermatologists at the University of Wisconsin found Resveratrol protects your skin from UV damage. Another study shows topical Resveratrol improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and more. This miraculous ingredient has been shown to provide the human body with numerous health benefits that can slow or even reverse the effects of aging in the human body.

Resveratrol is the only polyphenol, scientifically proven to activate the longevity gene called SIRT1, which enhances cellular - productivity and decreases cellular autophagy. Resveratrol is also a powerful antioxidant which protects our cells and DNA from free radical damage. Some scientists even believe that aging itself is caused by free radicals slowly damaging the body beyond repair. These scientists believe that by using antioxidants to slow or even stop free radical damage, humans could potentially achieve longevity

The collection of Vine Vera Merlot Anti-Aging Skincare Products:

Vine Vera Cleansing Kit

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The Vine Vera Merlot Collection Cleansing Kit comes with a Resveratrol Milk Cleanser and Resveratrol Balance Toner. The Milk Cleanser is a super effective cleanser that removes all makeup. This cleanser is used differently. Apply with a cotton ball and remove makeup or impurities on face and reapply on new cotton balls until you have a clean cotton ball. Then apply the Toner to a cotton ball, also to remove any extraneous makeup and impurities on the face and neck. Do this morning and night.

I like that this product works very well to cleanse without any water. At first I had to get used to it but I did enjoy it. This is definitely good for those with combination to drier skin types, who are concerned with aging skin. My skin felt very soft and definitely felt clean afterward. Each bottle is 2 oz./60ml and the kit is priced for $128

Resveratrol Merlot Nourishing Night Cream

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This Reservatrol Merlot Nourishing Night Cream is an ultra-soothing cream that will restore the hydration that your skin loses throughout the day, relieving dry or rough skin caused by the day’s harshness. Formulated with Resveratrol and Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii Oil), your skin will look more radiant by morning. This is one of the richest creams I have ever used on my skin. Only a tiny bit is needed for the entire face and neck. When skin is feeling particularly parched or tight, this is perfect. It will help to tone skin and relieve any fine lines that are developing on the face with continued use. My favorite thing about this cream was how it made my skin felt so much softer and more plump. This comes in a 1.83 fl.oz. jar for $146

I really want to try the Resveratrol Zinfandel Skin Tone Correcting Serum, $246.00. It is designed to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun damage and uneven skin tone. Formulated with Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Orange Peel Extract (Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract) and Resveratrol to give your skin a radiant, youthful look. This sounds right up my alley!

The Vine Vera Collection consists of 8 main Wine based collections, a Men’s collection and a special collection for the eyes. Purchase their products via www.vinevera.com; like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vineveraskincare; Follow them on Twitter: @VineVera and Follow their Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/vinevera/

HUGE NEWS!!! JULY 17TH-AUGUST 30TH, any Vine Vera product is 30% right now.

(These items were provided for consideration)

 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

FRIENDS Beauty Giveaway - Win Nine Skin Illustrator Palettes

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Happy Friday! We hope you can let your readers know about the amazing Facebook giveaway being hosted by FRENDS Beauty. You can win nine Skin Illustrator Palettes, a favorite of top-Hollywood makeup artists, including seven of the brand’s new signature series palettes. A winner will be chosen on Monday, August 5th.
 
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Friday, July 26, 2013

WIN A CONSULTATION with the Sevani Botanica Holistic Beauty Founder!

 

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The founder/formulator, Sheryl Gibbs, licensed holistic aesthetician of 25 years and wellness expert, is offering a complimentary 15 minute consultation with the winner and coupon for 20% savings.

Sevani Botanica Holistic Beauty

A truly unique holistic skin care brand
Introducing a brand that is on a whole new level of natural - Sevani Botanica. Sevani’s product line is formulated by a Licensed Holistic Aesthetician that has spent over twenty years in the natural beauty business. Founder and developer
Sheryl Gibbs has seen the corporate beauty world shutting out consumers who want a truly natural product that visibly works. Sevani’s eco-friendly, vegan, non-toxic, and chemical and cruelty free formulas are unlike any other! With Sevani’s beauty products, even the most temperamental skin types can enjoy the benefits of luxurious crèmes, serums, and cleansers that provide a radiant glow while improving skin tone and texture and preventing accelerated aging.
Sevani’s innovative blends have completely eradicated chemical preservatives and synthetic fragrances that other "natural" brands still use, and harkened back to pure organic nutrients, ayurvedic botanicals, and cutting edge cosmeceutical grade actives.
After years of meticulous research and testing she developed a synergistic blend of all natural skin care blends that are gentle yet exceptionally effective.
Sevani Formulations Effectively:

  • Protect from accelerated aging
  • Restore elasticity and firmness
  • Refine skin texture and regulate oil
  • Minimize dark spots and redness
  • Restore a smooth, even complexion
  • Provide luminosity for a radiant glow!

Always:

  • Vegan - Eco-friendly - Gluten Free
  • Chemical Free - Certified Cruelty Free
  • Eco Cert Organic Preservative System

Unlike companies that focus on just a few key ingredients, Sevani formulations contain a special blend of potent nutrients for unmatched results. Additionally, we have omitted wax and water from our formulas so your skin receives the highest quality nutrients in every single application!
Sevani’s "Special Blend" of rare, high - potency organic ayurvedic nutrients and antioxidants - including sacred lotus extract, bulgarian rose, orange blossom, red tea, sea buckthorn and others - along with cutting - edge nutraceutical ingredients offer the most effective botanical products possible.

You will see the difference as Sevani products visibly repair, protect and prevent accelerated aging and damage to restore skin’s radiance while providing firmer, more even toned and younger looking skin.
Sevani takes pride in utilizing only the most natural and sustainable ingredients to benefit the skin, while also protecting our beautiful planet.
INGREDIENTS WE AVOID:

  • Propylene Glycol or Butylene Glycol
  • Formaldehyde/Urea’s
  • Petroleum Distillates
  • Synthetic Waxs
  • Diethanolamine & triethanolamine (DEA&TEA)
  • SLS (Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates)
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Synthetic Preservatives
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Animal derived or animal tested ingredients


Sevani Botanica Eye repair: Age defying eye cream .5 fl oz $65*
Sevani Botanica Ageless Refining A.H.A Cleanser 4 fl oz $39*
Sevani Botanica Ageless Eyes: Revitalizing Eye serum .5 fl oz $54*
Sevani Botanica C+ Reservatrol Anti Aging Elexir 1 fl oz $75*
Sevani Botanica Hyaluronic Wrinke Defence 1fl oz $65*
Sevani Botanica Advanced Omega Night Repair Serum 1 fl oz $68*
Sevani Botanica Serum Vitale Essential Nutrient Oil 1 fl oz $65*
Sevani Botanica Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Creme 1fl oz/15ml $65*
Sevani Botanica Peptide Firming Face Creme 1fl oz $78*
Sevani Botanica Advanced Complexion Corrector 2 fl oz $39*
Sevani Botanica Rose Hyaluronic Age Defying Tonique 2fl oz $39*
Sevani Botanica Moroccan Argan Beauty Oil 2 fl oz $50*

Sevani Botanica Holistic Beauty

Sevani Botanica Ageless Radiance Refining A.H.A Cleanser $39.00

Sevani Botanica Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Eye Serum $54.00

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Review: Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick

(Photo courtesy of Urban Decay)

27200_lipstick_obsessed(1)“For Urban Decay this season is ALL about lips. Revolution Lipstick combines intense pigment and creamy shine for a formula that’s unbelievably luxurious. Addictive to apply (and even more addictive to wear), Super creamy formula glides on without dragging or skipping, hugs every curve and gives you a BIG laydown of color. Shades range from gorgeous nudes to bold brights, there are colors for everyone. The Pigment Infusion System™ gives insane pigmentation, super creamy texture, great color dispersion and extended wear. Jojoba oil, cocoa butter and shea butter keep lips super moisturized and incredibly soft. Maxi-Lip™ defines and hydrates lips. (http://iamthemakeupjunkie.blogspot.com/2013/07/urban-decay-fall-2013-revolution.html)” That was taken from the press release that Urban Decay sent out discussing their new Revolution Lipstick. I used this because the copy was so good, I couldn’t say anything that wasn’t so much better than what they had put out.

There are 22 shades to choose from. I purchased 6 shades of the new lipstick to try out for myself. I couldn’t wait to try it. It sounded so awesome! The ones I tried out are mainly nudes and one bright shade. Below you will see swatches of the shades I tried with my thoughts on them.

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(shades from left to right: Naked, Naked2, Native, Liar, Lovelight and Streak)

When I saw them on the Urban Decay website, the shades looked a little bit different than how they look in person, which is par for the course with cosmetics. A couple of those colors end up looking very similar. Naked is described as a nude-pink, which is pretty accurate. Naked2 is described as a medium beige-nude, which I agree is fairly accurate. Native is listed as a pale pink, which is also somewhat accurate. I don’t think it as too pale. Liar is listed as a pinky brown-nude. I think it is a little bit hard to describe but that is somewhat accurate. It has some pink. But I don’t think it is nude. Lovelight is described as a pale peachy-pink shimmer and it doesn’t swatch at all like that. It has shimmer in it, but you cannot see it. On it is a lovely color. It swatches very streaky. Streak is listed as a coral-pink and that is accurate. It is a cute color. I love it!

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Liar

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Lovelight

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Native

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Naked2

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(I am wearing Streak in this photograph)

I do think there is a good selection of colors. Urban Decay really did do a good job of coming out with colors for everyone. My only problem is that there aren’t enough shimmers. I love shimmers and they only have 2 out of 22 colors. Seriously! Hopefully they will come out with more. The shades are extremely shiny though. They look gorgeous on the lips. The pigmentation is great and it really does only take one pass to get the great color you need to wear throughout the day. I find that it does last a good long time, usually about 6 hours of wear. I know others are getting at least 7 hours too. It depends on how you eat. It goes great over their new 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils. I have worn each of the shades I ordered and I plan on ordering more of them!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick retails for $22.00 per tube and is available on www.urbandecay.com, www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com, www.beauty.com, SEPHORA stores, and Ulta stores. Like Urban Decay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics; Follow them on Twitter: @UrbanDecay; and Follow their Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/urbandecay/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes Eye Shadows

Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes Eyeshadows

I have reviewed a couple of Josie Maran products (Josie Maran Matchmaker Powder Foundation http://bit.ly/167qNh7 and Josie Maran Argan Tinted Moisturizer http://bit.ly/11gPndA ) now and I have been pretty happy with them. Customers seem to love her eye shadows because of the gorgeous color combinations and the smoothness, creaminess and great wearibility that the eye shadow have. Is this due to the Argan oil she slips into the formula? I don’t know, but I do know that I find these eye shadow to be somewhat different than any other ones I have tried.

As I mentioned in a prior post, Josie Maran is a former supermodel and actress who has started her own cosmetics and skincare line. She wanted an eco-friendly line that was luxurious, gentle and non-toxic. Josie decided Argan Oil would be the focus of the line. Argan oil is an organically grown rich oil that comes from Morocco and can be used for hair, skin body and nails.

Each Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes eye shadow compact features 4 eye shadows and 1 liner that are coordinated to offer an array of looks. The eye shadows are infused with Argan oil and a blend of floral and fruit extracts, which makes them soft and the eye shadows have gorgeous textures. Each palette comes with instructions that are easy to follow.

I was lucky enough to get to try out two different palettes and one of the singles. For the swatches below I used Q-Tips dry and swatched them on my inner arm. I feel that dry gives an accurate color for you to see what you will get on your eye. These work well wet too but when you see them dry you can at least know how they will look.

Beautiful Purple

Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes_Beautiful Purples (1)Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes_Beautiful Purples swatches

My eyes are blue-green, so when I wear purple the green sure does stand out. I was more than happy to see the Beautiful Purples palette. In this palette are 4 eye shadows and 1 liner. I love the colors that are in this palette. It is a perfectly picked palette. The colors are: deep shimmery purple, shimmery grayish purple, shimmery taupe and shimmery peach. The liner is a deep brownish color with a bit of purple shimmer.

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On my eyes I used the Beautiful Purple to bring out the green in them. I followed my normal look, using the shimmery grayish purple in the crease; then I placed the deep shimmery purple in the deeper part of the crease, the outer corner of the lid and under the eye. On my lid I swept the shimmery taupe on most of it and then used the shimmery peach on the inner corner of the lid and under the brow. I lined my upper lid with the liner.

Beautiful Blue Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes_Beautiful Blues

Josie Maran Beautiful Eyes_Beautiful Blues swatches

These blues would look really great on brown eyes, as brown is right across from blue on the color wheel. It will make brown eyes pop right out! What I love about the Beautiful Blue palette is the colors that they put together. They aren’t a normal assortment of overly aggressive blues but two tones of opposite blues, a nice peach, a brown and a gorgeous dark blue liner that together form a palette anyone can use. The colors are: matte dark taupe brown, shimmery turquoise blue, shimmery baby blue and shimmery peach. The liner is a dark navy blue.

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For this look I used the shadow below, Iron, in the crease. I thought it would really stand out with these blues and make them look bolder. Then I used the matte dark taupe brown on the outer edge of my lid and on the bottom lid. For the upper lid, I used the turquoise shimmer. Under my brow I used the shimmery peach.

Iron

Iron is a gorgeous shimmery olive brown that is a soft shadow. As mentioned, I used it in the crease of my eye in the look above. This one is much softer than the palette shadows.

Josie Maran Eyeshadow Iron

Josie Maran Eyeshadow_Iron swatch

 

The Verdict: The Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes eye shadows are fairly soft, go on easily and have very little fallout. There are 4 regular color palettes (Beautiful Nude, Beautiful Purple, Beautiful Blue and Beautiufl Smoke). The eye shadows wear very well throughout the day and they can be worn dry or wet. The only thing I can say is that I wish they were a little bit more pigmented. All of them had nice textures but the pigmentation was just a little bit lacking. However if that is the only bad thing I can say, it isn’t too bad. And that isn’t even that bad! All Josie Maran products are cruelty-free, without parabens, without any added fragrance and are made with many organic and natural ingredients.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Beautiful Eyes are $36.00.  They can be purchased at www.josiemarancosmetics.com, www.sephora.com or SEPHORA stores. Like Josie Maran on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/josiemarancosmetics; Follow Josie Maran on Twitter: @josie_maran; subscribe to their videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/josiemarancosmetics.

(These items were sent for consideration)

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